Thursday, March 23, 2006
Just caught V For Vendetta two nights ago. It's a solid film and Hugo Weaving's usual hamminess is considerably toned down by the ever-present iron mask V wears. Really the mask which is modeled after British revolutionary Guy Fawkes who once plotted to blow up Parliament, is a marvel of design. And we all know how bad costuming like say rubber-nippled bat suits, and plastic Green Goblin masks, can chip away at the credibility of fantasy films. When you're asking fo poetic license from an audience, god is in the details.
Far from playing the role of the hapless victim as one critic described her, Natalie Portman is not only the conscience of the film, but both victim and aggressor; and in the end the final arbitrator of V's agenda. Her ultimate decision at the end of the film is only surprising when compared to the safe, politically correct options typically chosen by a Hollywood establishment afraid of affecting the bottom line. After all, how many people saw Syriana or Goodnight, and Good Luck?
The movie itself, while a bit heavy-handed, still has its share of thrills. I don't know how thought-provoking it really is since I think most of what it puts forth (ie. fascism is bad and rebellion in the face of it is possibly a noble pursuit) is neither terribly profound or surprising.
Essentially V is preaching to the choir. I seriously doubt people who believe imperialism is a wonderful thing and that Dick Cheney is something other than a shadowy, despicable war-profiteer will ever see this movie.
One interesting aspect of the movie is that it basically plays off of a central theme in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. That being that governments (specifically the Bush admin.) propogate baseless fears to manipulate and distract its populace; and that the media is complicit in aiding the government in this effort.